1. Summary of Brain Drain by Ward et al.

    You can find the paper here

    I frequently make the mistake of reading HN comments. Many of the comments on this study had nothing to do with the study. The top comment makes a reference to archaic bards and the detrimental effects of writing information down. But the paper doesn't …

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  2. Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

    First, That the idea or belief of a word of God existing in print, or in writing, or in speech is inconsistent in itself for the reasons already assigned. These reasons, among many others, are the want of an universal language; the mutability of language; the errors to which translations …

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  3. The Enchiridion by Epictetus

    According to Wikipedia:

    Although the content is similar to the Discourses of Epictetus, it is not a summary of the Discourses but rather a compilation of practical precepts. Eschewing metaphysics, Arrian focused his attention on Epictetus's work applying philosophy in daily life.

    So, chapter 1 says:

    Some things are in …

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  4. What does Montjoie mean?

    In the Song of Roland I ran into a battle cry which escaped translation. The italics are not mine.

    He saw the miscreant stretched on earth:

    "Caitiff, thy threats are of little worth.

    On, Franks! the felons before us fall;

    Montjoie!" 'Tis the Emperor's battle-call.

    And again

    "Well fought," said …

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  5. Essays in Idleness by Kenko

    1283-1350 Japan. Imperial Court. Poet. Buddhist monk in 1324.

    He developed the Japanese aesthetic: beauty is indissolubly bound to its perishability. He wrote, "If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino, never to vanish like the smoke over Toribeyama, but lingered on forever in this world …

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  6. Farnam Street Blog Misc.


    Technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral. Melvin Kranzberg

    Harris argues that there was a moment weirdly similar to this one: the year 1450. That.s the year when Johannes Gutenberg managed to invent a printing press.

    a scholastic world that was initially scattered began to …

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